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Martin Heidgen drove his pickup the wrong way

Martin Heidgen drove his pickup the wrong way on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in 2005 and hit a limousine, killing the driver and a 7-year-old passenger. He had blood-alcohol content of 0.28 percent. Credit: Newsday / Dick Yarwood

Regarding "Their DWI defense" [News, Oct. 9], it's too late after drivers start drinking alcohol to say they don't know right from wrong. The horse is out of the barn.

Everyone knows exactly what alcohol does to someone, and we all know this before we start to drink it. That's the moment when people are able to decide right from wrong. That's the time to prepare for the worst-case scenario and protect against it.

When people begin to drink, they need to realize they are going into another realm and taking themselves out of control of their own lives. Something else is going to be taking over. That's pretty scary, but it's true.

The root of the problem is the irresponsibility of the person before he or she starts drinking. Why don't they think about others beforehand?

David Keddy, Brookhaven
 

Why is the question whether drivers were too intoxicated to know the risks of driving? These drivers made that decision much earlier in the evening when they chose to get in their car and go out drinking.

The question should be, how did they expect to get home?

We as a society have decided that drinking and driving do not mix. We have TV commercials, ad campaigns, and programs in schools to educate our youth. It's no secret that consuming any alcohol will impede motor skills and decision-making.

These drivers bet that they would be able to maintain control. They lost the bet, and many others suffered. Should everyone else pay the consequences except the one who bet?

Bridgit Manseau, Rocky Point
 

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